Seeing as I’m not a pirate and don’t often go deep-sea diving, I haven’t come across much real treasure in my life. So instead I thought of something that was important to me, something that should be treasured, and my favourite animal in the world came to mind.
I love tigers with a passion. Not only are they stunningly beautiful but they are graceful as well as strong, playful as well as dangerous. Every time I do my volunteer work at London Zoo, I make sure I pay a visit to the tigers and hours can pass where I just sit and watch them.
But tigers are now critically endangered and, according to WWF, the world has lost 97% of its tigers in the last 100 years leaving a measly estimate of about 3,200 left.
I took this photo at Ukutula Lion Park in South Africa where I did volunteer work with these incredible animals. We didn’t get to work with the tigers as much as the lions and cheetahs as, despite only being cubs, they’re a lot stronger and unpredictable and the volunteers would end up with bruises all over their legs just from a bit of play fighting! Despite this, they are still an amazing animal and a treasure that should be protected.